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Why Is Respite So Critical?

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines respite as “an interval of rest or relief”. Certainly, I’m sure we can all agree this last year has caused an unimaginable amount of stress for the majority! Many have been required to wear multiple hats as employees, parents, teachers, care takers and more!

Respite is critical for so many, but for parents and caregivers of children with special needs it is essential! Think about when you take a flight somewhere. The crew will announce over the loud speaker: “Should the cabin lose pressure; oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.” We know this to be true and important because if we ourselves are not cared for, we are not able to provide care to others.

So how can you take a break and feel confident your child is cared for? It is important to know that you have people you can trust to be with your child, understand and take care of their needs. This can be a family member, friend, neighbor or a professional you have hired. There are many great services in the GTA to help families match with a respite worker. For example, is an organization that works “together to facilitate respite options that empower individuals with differing abilities and their families to lead active and rewarding lives"

The time your child shares with their respite worker can be filled with fun and exciting activities such as going to the park, arts and crafts, puzzles, Lego or watching movies. The goal is knowing you can take a break, while your child is taken care of!

For more information about Respite Services go to:


Oxygen Mask Rule for Family & Friends - SMART Recovery

Respite | Definition of Respite by Merriam-Webster - About Us


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